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It's A Joke, Son

Published 1947

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 1:03:15
Producer Bryan Foy
Production Company Eagle-Lion Films Inc.
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: gladys6661 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2016
Seriously, Politics, Racism as a Review of an old MOVIE?
Reviewer: Hedley Lamarr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2013
Subject: Must be a yankee!
I love this movie! Delmar should have made more.
And some of you guys need to just relax and watch a movie for the pure entertainment value of it, and stop judging everything!
You know what they (Senator Claghorn)says;
Go ahead and laugh! It's good for the soul.
Reviewer: Kodachrome - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2012
Subject: The movie was OK.
It did seem a bit slow in parts, but entertaining overall.

I did observe that there were no blacks in this movie about the South. I guess that didn't seem so strange in 1947, but seems weird in 2012.

It was interesting to see the actual character from which Foghorn Leghorn was taken. A similar thing happened when Olive Oyl was created using ZaSu Pitts. They couldn't do that today without fear of litigation. Just ask Joustin Beaver.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2011
Subject: better than i expected
Ironically Delmar was from Massachusetts and also did the voice of the secy of the interior in Well's War of the World to sound suspiciously like FDR..
He did most of his work on radio with Fred Allen where Sen Claghorn was born.

How some of you can drag politics and race into this one is beyond me.. anything to degrade a movie i guess..
Reviewer: Albert Schlef - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2010
Subject: Cute
A cute movie.
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2010
Subject: I give it 3 Mint Juleps ***
An entertaining one-hour long look into the "Mint Julep Culture" of the South.

And... wow, June Lockhart was so YOUNG in this.
Reviewer: cosmicola - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2009
Subject: Love this Film! I Say, LOVE IT!
One of the most entertaining and fast-moving comedy films on the Internet Archive! Hilarious, I say! Y'hear me? So turn off your cotton pickin' brain for an hour and just enjoy some good ol', cornball laughs from a slower, less politically correct time. And see where Warner's Looney Tunes snagged their own Foghorn Leghorn cartoon character!
Reviewer: DJ Psychomike - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2009
Subject: It's a joke son!
The Civil War has gone through many definitions since the 1860's. The war fought for the tariffs to build the railroads and displace the Indians became a war to end slavery. Reconstruction brought punishment to the South, and by the Spanish American War the Civil War became a reason to celebrate the heroism of all sides. The notion of the Old South grew up in this period and would lead to GONE WITH THE WIND and this comedic character.

Lost in history was the thousands held in jail without charges during the war, Lincoln issuing an arrest warrent for the head of the Supreme Court, shutting down newspapers and jailing reporters for daring to critisize his war. Forgotten is the thousands of freed blacks that fought for the South. Forgotten is the fact the Emancipation Proclaimation freed not one slave. Forgotten is Jeff Davis adopting a black child, while Lincoln called for sending all blacks back to Africa.

Today the definitions have changed yet again. The Confederate flag is seen as treasonous, which no one would dare say up until the 1990's.
Lincoln died before Reconstruction, so he can't be blamed for it.

GONE WITH THE WIND isn't real, but neither are our views today. They will change again. Here we have a satire of the old Southerner, who hell no ain't forgettin'. But in fact, he already has.
Reviewer: Goodtime Charlie - - May 10, 2009
Subject: No room for bigotry
I'm very disappointed that this site allows bigotry to grace these reviews. Yes the old south was the home of racism and evil doings but so was the old north. I guess someone missed the Boston protests of forced busing. Racism isn't a regional scourge. It's worldwide and it's partner, bigotry, has no place in these reviews. So many shout for multi-culturalism but when it's a culture they don't like they would "lynch" it's memory from our minds. I suppose these same people would burn copies of "Gone With The Wind" because their attitude reeks of the same foul odor the book burners created. Jim Crow is dead. No wooden stake is needed to keep it from resurrecting.
Reviewer: Danial - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2006
Subject: Foghorn Claghorn
A thoroughly pleasant and disarming little comedy. Well worth the watch if you are tired of watching what passes for comedy today.

And who doesn't like Foghorn or Claghorn when they say "It's a joke, son!"
Reviewer: Pavws - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2006
Subject: to the former critiqes: p'shaw! I say p'shaw!...
If you want to know where the Warner Bros. character of Foghorn Leghorn came from, then I say set y'self down, kick your feet up, grab y'self a tall cool mint julip with a twist of southern word play and allow yourself some light humour in the vein of that lovable loud-mouth cartoon chicken, animated rooster that is... This ain't no Eddie Muphy or Dennis Miller filled with cutting scatalogical joking, just some goofy olde fashion-ed jest jousting, querky quipping and better than average slapschitick done in a style thet requires a palet of a more genteel type to appretiate the suttlah humahs of the day.
The plot has a little different spin than the usual cops-n-robbers or romance and moves along at a good pace.
If you don't get it, you didn't have it son. Just keep your eye on the ball, boy, and you'll to just fine. Get it, ball boy!.. you got better chance at batten cotton, I say cotton than homers son...
Reviewer: jimelena - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2006
Subject: Watch it
It's not all that bad, not all that good.
But it's light entertainment, very light.
For this collection it's above average.
Reviewer: bobsluckycat - favorite - April 14, 2006
Subject: The South As They Knew It Is Dead! Amen!
This film which came out in 1947, is a comedy and a vanity film for Kenny Delmar in his only star turn in films. Delmar's Southern blow hard was a hit in Fred Allen's segment "Allen 's Alley" on radio, but this film proves that it could not be sustained in a long form, let alone a visual one. It might have been funny in it's day, but it's day has long passed. Delmar was too young to carry off his part as a much older man (he was 37) in a visual medium, make-up not withstanding. Granted there are still some laughs here, but your sides won't be aching by the film's end. A 22 year old June Lockhart (still active in films as of this writing) is not only easy on the eyes, but she shows talent that did florish later on. A curio for sure, not the least bit a historical mirror of post-war life down South. No lynchings even. However most of the cast and crew would be likely candidates today,I'm sure. Die hard film buffs only.
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